Things you should know before buying a laptop..

I’m pretty sure most of the people who visit this site have at some point or the other had to make a decision about what laptop to buy. More often than not we buy our laptops and are very happy with them for the first month and then things begin to change. Of course, having spent all this money we’re not going to let anyone know that we’re unhappy now, are we?

I’m pretty sure most of the people who visit this site have at some point or the other had to make a decision about what laptop to buy.

More often than not we buy our laptops and are very happy with them for the first month and then things begin to change. Of course, having spent all this money we’re not going to let anyone know that we’re unhappy now, are we? But soon the screen falls off and the touch pad gets a mind of it’s own and the keys begin to behave independently. (OK… this is over dramatizing it, but I’m sure at least some of us have regretted buying the laptop’s we bought. Right?)

Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying your laptop. A little bit of knowledge in these matters goes a long way.

One of the first questions you gotta ask yourself is “Why?”.  The motive / reason for buying your laptop will really help you narrow down a seemingly endless list to a handful that you can easily pick out of.
Some people buy laptops for work, some for leisure and some just to show off. Thankfully for all of us, there exists a laptop perfect for each one of us. (All hail capitalism!)

If you’re a journalist who’s constantly on the go but needs to write all the time, something light and small would be ideal. You don’t really have the time to enjoy a big pretty laptop with tonnes of features. Basic connectivity and the ability to publish are what you really need. You are a ‘Netbook’ person. On the other hand, an author who writes most of the time but would also like to enjoy watching movies would prefer a laptop with some kind of media capabilities. And of course, at the other extreme you have someone who just wants to replace their lumbering desktop with a cool looking laptop that performs just as well as a desktop. You would need a mainstream laptop with the processing power of NASA!

A few other things to know:

  • Weight Matters! And every extra feature adds weight. Right from the obvious, large screens, down to the not so obvious extra USB ports. I mean that’s taking it a bit far, but in the long run all these little extra features do add up to a considerable amount of extra LBS that you’re lugging around pointlessly.
  • Processing Power, Memory and additional Graphic support are a big deal! As mentioned before, if the reason to get your laptop is to accomplish one and only one goal, then it’s not so much of an issue. However if you want to use your laptop for many things, right from official work to playing games or watching movies in your spare time, you want a laptop with some juice in it and of course a nice graphics card so you can play Call Of Duty without feeling like someone’s trying to yank your eyeballs out of their sockets. Most Core 2 Duo laptops with at least 2 gigs of RAM and any of the mid ranged graphic cards should be just fine. (Having a slightly bigger screen here helps enhance the awesome COD experience.)
  • Battery Life! This is not so much of an issue for those who don’t travel too much. However travel junkies or criminals, business men and hedge fun managers, etc…  who move a lot would like some semblance of a battery life on their laptop. In my experience, the less features you have on your laptop, the longer the battery lasts. But this isn’t always true.
  • Connectivity! Most laptops, even the lower end one’s come with some sort of wireless feature these days. So this isn’t much of an issue. But you must check to make sure your laptop can connect to the net in some way, shape or form.
  • “Free your mind. The Brand isn’t there..!”. Yes, that’s right. Brands are an awesome way to show off but if you know what you’re getting in to, they should not matter. I would suggest going with the best after sales Warranty deal that you get. Most brands get their parts manufactured from the same guys so it really doesn’t matter which brand, unless of course you’re getting an excellent deal.
  • Size does matter! This is linked very closely to the weight issue, but size does matter. Not only in terms of weight, but also in terms of features and how comfortable you will be working on it. Someone with very big hands might find it difficult to work with smaller laptops. Also being size conscious means you may have to let go of a few goodies that you might otherwise get.
  • Burn Baby Burn! Not all laptops and notebooks come with DVD writers. Most of them do, but that is one thing you must be sure of when you buy your laptop. If you ever feel that you’re going to need to share media, especially in the format of DVDs and CDs, then this is something you need to think about. Though honestly, if you have a thumb drive or an external harddisk and are not obliged to burn CDs (at least in this day and age), you don’t really have to worry.

That pretty much covers my advice to you. If there’s something you’d like to ad, do let us know.

Killer WordPress resources for everyone!

Ever wanted to start your own blog or website and weren’t quite sure how to? Well here’s your chance to take the dive into the WordPress world. There are quite a few different ways to setup your own website and countless blogging platforms that you can use.

Ever wanted to start your own blog or website and weren’t quite sure how to? Well here’s your chance to take the dive into the WordPress world.

There are quite a few different ways to setup your own website and countless blogging platforms that you can use. WordPress is one such CMS (Content Management System) that you can use to do both.
Here at Techtites we use WordPress for all our blogging needs.

Anyway, onto the point of this article: Here are some of the best places to get the information you need on how to get your own WordPress blog / site up and running. Right from a basic blog to the facy-ass stuff you’ll see on SmashingMagazine, everything can be accomplished using WordPress and it’s really not that hard either.

  • How to create a WordPress theme from Scratch Part 1 & Part 2 .
  • In the Woods – WordPress tutorial Section :
    I’ve linked you to the 3rd page in the category, mainly because you can start right from the beginning. These guys have 18 videos teaching you how to use WordPress and customize it to suit your needs and quite a few more articles that will help you become a WP genius.
  • How to make a creative Blog layout in Photoshop : Ok so this isn’t entirely code related, but if you’re making your own WordPress blog, here’s a good place to get some visual inspiration / insight into how to designing it as well.
  • The WordPress Codex : Once you get a little more comfortable with WordPress, this will be your go-to place for almost everything. The WordPress codex has everything you will need to help you tweak your blog into being the most epic blog in the universe.
  • SmashingMagazine’s WordPress section:  This place not only has some pretty interesting articles on how to make WordPress better for you but it also has a truckload of free themes that you can try out and then customize once you get a hang of things.

There are also quite a few other places where you can get WordPress related information, but if you go through the links I posted above, you should be all set to create the next best selling WordPress theme on – Themeforest.

Also, once you have your very own WP blog / site  setup, please don’t forget to check out our WP section for tips & tricks and tools to help make your WP experience even better.

Where do you go for your dose of WP ‘Gyaan’.

Briton’s new ‘Digital Economy Bill’ simplified! (And it’s bad…)

Sometimes I wonder if our governments are run by senile old numpties and then I read stuff like this and this (Here’s your source .. ) and then I wonder no more! There’s some bad news for all our internet users in the UK.

Sometimes I wonder if our governments are run by senile old numpties and then I read stuff like this and this (Here’s your source .. ) and then I wonder no more!

There’s some bad news for all our internet users in the UK. I think there are limits to being ridiculous, but obviously some members of the British Parliament don’t think so. If you’re not sure of what I’m talking about and why I’m saying such bad things about the kind people who gave us the English language, please let me explain.

The British Parliament recently decided to pass the ‘Digital Economy Bill’. This is basically a move towards country wide internet and is supposed to help the economy by regulating / controlling how individuals and companies use the internet. While I’m sure that it’s founded on nothing but good intentions and a spirit that promotes economic growth, there are a few issues with the bill.

Let’s take a look at some of the stuff that will most affect the common man (common British man, that is..) :

  • There’s a ‘Three-strikes’ rule that might get your entire family banned from using the internet if anyone in your house is even accused of copyright infringement. (No trial, no hearing.. The bill is the law, put down your internet and prepared to be judged!)
  • Huge fines for anyone accused of file sharing.
  • ISP’s now have to keep a secret log of all such activities and must provide this to proprietors of the entertainment industry who will then obviously sue such offenders. ISP’s who refuse to keep tabs on their users will be fined as well.
  • Privacy going down the drain.

Basically they’re declaring “Martial Law” over the internet and unfortunately Chuck Norris isn’t the one running the show. Anyone who upsets the entertainment industry is going to have to face what the French Aristocratic families faced during the French revolution.

The worst part about the whole ‘Digital Economy Bill’ however, is the fact that the Secretary in charge of enforcing this bill has the right to come up with his own punishments to penalize people who violate the statues laid out in the bill. Right from jail time to being paraded in a frock through the streets of London, everything is game!

While I am all for protecting IPR and copyrights of artists, etc, I think that there are less dictatorial measures to protect the interests of the entertainment industry. Also since we all know absolute power corrupts absolutely, God knows what kind of punishments individuals may have to suffer for minor infringements. However since we really haven’t seen the bill in action, I think we should all just pray and hope that our fellow internet users in the UK do not end up being playmates for sex starved inmates who are hired by various Viagra testing companies.

What’s your take on the issue?

Top 7 Stories of the Day

Welcome back to the Top 7 stories of the day! So there’s some useful stuff for iPhone, iTouch users; people thinking about upgrading to Windows 7 and Mac Users! 1 – ONE!

Welcome back to the Top 7 stories of the day!

So there’s some useful stuff for iPhone, iTouch users; people thinking about upgrading to Windows 7 and Mac Users!

1 – ONE!

The Ultimate Guide To Speeding Up Firefox 3.5 – Makeuseof.com –

We all love Firefox but if you’ve ever wondered about how to speed it up even more, wonder no more! Here’s a nice and extremely effective list that will get FF running even quicker than you’d want it to!

2 – TWO!

Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) – Cnet Reviews –

So Cnet does us all a favour and reviews Windows 7 for us. In case you’re not in the mood to read, it’s actually a video review so that’s even better. For the really lazy ones, it basically says that Windows 7 is everything Microsoft wanted out of XP and Vista and you should definitely upgrade without having to worry. Sure it’s not perfect, but then again it’s not The Pope either.

3 – THREE!

10 Essential Software Apps For Web Development on a Mac – Makeuseof.com –

This is a nice round-up for all you designers / developers who are die hard Mac users.

4 – FOUR!

Defcon: New Hack Hijacks Application Updates Via WiFi – DarkReading –

Here’s an extremely interesting article on how any of our application updates can be turned against us. Hackers can now just hijack an application update and replace the actual update with malware / spyware or something even worse!

5 – FIVE!

40 Really Useful Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials – Web Design Booth-

Here’s an awesomely large list of Photoshop Text effect tutorials for everyone to use. There’s stuff in there that can be used by everyone from a novice trying to get a nice effect for his new blog title right down to a pro looking for some short-cuts. I would advice against going overboard with all the text effects, but some of them can be really cool when used in the right place.

6 – SIX!

12 must-own games for iPhone or iPod touch – TechRadar –

Now that all your precious little iPhones have been saved (yea, there’s now a fix to prevent someone from taking over your iPhone via a simple sms), here’s a nice list of games that you should definitely get. Especially if you travel a lot. Sure beats sitting around in the departure lounge and staring at your laptop screen while trying to connect to any available WiFi. (Which more or less sucks more than any Adobe update you’ve ever had to sit through.)

7 – SEVEN!

Snow Leopard Now Available for Pre-Order – Gizmodo –

Don’t have a Mac, but I know quite a few people who’ve probably already pre-ordered Snow Leopard and are now pacing up and down their rooms waiting for a copy. About a month more to go and there will be celebrations again!

That’s it from me for today. Will be back soon!

JamLegend – Play the Guitar Online!

Let the Epic ‘Skillz’ Battles Begin! In case you’re wondering what I’m going on about, JamLegend is the result of a passionate night between FooBrew and Guitar Hero. Imagine GuitarHero, except online and using a keyboard.

Let the Epic ‘Skillz’ Battles Begin!

In case you’re wondering what I’m going on about, JamLegend is the result of a passionate night between FooBrew and Guitar Hero.

Imagine GuitarHero, except online and using a keyboard. That’s what JamLegend is. I’ve been having quite a ball trying to Jam to the various songs.

The way JamLegend works is simple. You pick a song, you select your difficulty and decide if you want a rock show-down against another player, the computer or if you want to just rock all by yourself and then off you go. You have an on-screen numbered fretboard and as the notes fall across the fretboard you’ve got to press a button corresponding to the string that it’s on.. It’s not really complicated but take a little bit of practice to get used to the faster and more complicated songs.

How To Play

What I liked most about JamLegend is the fact that if you’re not too keen on signing  up (who in the world wants another user-name and password to remember!) you can always just use your Facebook account to sign in. Just login via Facebook and you’re set. You can even show off your scores on Facebook. (This might lead to complications of it’s own, but for most of the part seems very harmless.)

The design is clean and neat and definitely user-friendly. I wouldn’t consider myself a complete ‘newb’ but I had no trouble at all navigating the site. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet.

Most of these games are generally limited to the songs that they have in their database and if there’s a song that you want to play that isn’t in there, you’re just plain out of luck.

Not anymore! You can now upload any song that you might want to jam to and continue to rock the socks of people! In fact you can even buy tracks via the site.

Mortal Kombat

Of course it doesn’t have the best ‘graphics’ in the world, but that also means I’m a 100% sure that I won’t suffer a seizure while trying to become the next Jimmy Page and also I’m sure it’s not completely hassle-free but in terms of pure entertainment, it’s a blast.

Sign up and add me – ‘BingelJell’. Let us know what you think.

Top 7 Stories of the Day

I’m back… again… with the top 7 stories of the day, according to ME!

I’m back… again… with the top 7 stories of the day, according to ME!

Right! This time I’ve got some serious stuff for you guys to feast on.

1 – ONE!

Weaponizing Web 2.0 – The Washington Post –

I thought this was quite an interesting article. Imagine your browser turning against you, all your personal information being used by someone else without your knowledge! I’m sure we’ve all had this nightmare before, but if what this article says is true, I think we’d better be really careful. This is a real life version of one of those scary movies where technology turns against you, but instead of being dismembered by traffic signals that grow arms, your web browser bankrupts you!

2 – TWO!

Facebook erroneously sucking in Twitter updates – Cnet News –

In case you’re a Twitter and Facebook user and have been wondering why your Twitter posts have been showing up on Facebook, here’s why..
A temp solution, till they fix the problem is just to block the Twitter app from accessing your profile.

3 – THREE!

Mozilla starts preparing developers for Firefox 3.6 – Cnet News –

Recently Mozilla put up some mock-ups for FireFox 4, almost immediately after the release of FF 3.5, and now they’re already ready with FF 3.6.
Some pretty interesting features. Mozilla has already begun the development of Firefox 4. Seems like Santa’s little elves have been extremely busy.

4 – FOUR!

Windows 7 Ultimate activation cracked with OEM master key – Ars Technica –

Windows 7 has been cracked. Properly. Microsoft claims that they’re going to do something about it, but I doubt it. Though if Windows 7 turns out to be as good as they claim, I’m sure a lot of users who use pirated versions of Windows will actually switch over. Considering it no longer cost an arm and a leg for a legit copy of Windows.

5 – FIVE!

14 tips and tricks to buff up your Gmail skills – Tech Radar –

14 pretty cool tips on how to ensure you’re getting the most out of Gmail. I’m very comfortable with Gmail and I still found most of the tips to be very useful. Especially for those of you, who like me, use Gmail for everything. A must read.

6 – SIX!

VoloMedia awarded the Patent for Podcasting – NewTeeVee –

So it seems that VoloMedia now has the patent for Podcasting. In short this means that only the authors of the media who use Podcasting as a tool to get their ‘stuff’ out there will be affected. One can only wait and see how this turns out. (More money to be made for the many people involved…)

7 – SEVEN!

iPhone SMS Security Flaw could allow every iPhone in the world to be Hijacked! – Gizmodo –

Right, So you get an SMS with a single square character – and the next thing you know your very own beloved iPhone, yes the very same one you sacrificed a virgin lamb for, is no longer yours.
All I have to say to all you iPhone users is, “Be afraid, be very afraid!”

Right, so that pretty much does it for today.

Oh wait, your Bonus link:

iPhone app lets you get away with napping at work – GamesBeat –

Cheers!

Playstation 3, Xbox 360 or Wii?

No Top-7 stories of the day from me today. Mostly because there’s a 100 different articles talking about how and why AT&T had blocked 4Chan for a bit and how 4Chan plans to get back at them, because this is definitely the most world defining news of the day. So have you recently decided that you wanted to get yourself a new gaming console or wanted to upgrade an existing console and are wondering what to buy?

No Top-7 stories of the day from me today. Mostly because there’s a 100 different articles talking about how and why AT&T had blocked 4Chan for a bit and how 4Chan plans to get back at them, because this is definitely the most world defining news of the day.

So have you recently decided that you wanted to get yourself a new gaming console or wanted to upgrade an existing console and are wondering what to buy?

Well, we’re here to help you! (Not really..)

Just the other day I was sitting down and thinking to myself, “it’s about time I bought myself a Ps3 or an Xbox..” and so I logged onto the net and did some poking about. And I’m sad to report, a week later, that I’m still confused as ever with regards to what console I should buy.

Here are my thoughts on each of the consoles and their Pro’s and Cons, as such..

PS3I think the PS3 makes for a great console and I’m not saying that just cause I’m a big PlayStation fan-boy. They’ve had some of the best games and at least in the past Sony was famous for selling the best electronic equipment. (I fear, not so much recently..) It doubles up as a great Blue Ray player as well and with the added bonus of being able to store all the media you want it’s a great idea. Now they’re working on a new Motion Sensing Controller to be released by next year. To top things off you’ve got games like Killzone 2, Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil 5, etc.. And as far as HD goes, PS3 is the way to go, nothing beats it. Some PS3 only titles..

Xbox360But then you move onto the subject of the Xbox 360. It’s not like the Xbox is lacking in titles either:UFC 2009, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: World At War (and this is just the first half of 2009..). Then there’s the ability to hack your Xbox 360 so you can copy the games and play them off a copy. And from what I’ve heard, if you have a decent internet connection, Xbox live is ‘da bomb!’. Also, the Xbox is a tad bit cheaper than the PlayStation as well, so you’re not selling a kidney on the black market to have some MGS4 fun! (Some Xbox only titles..)

WiiAnd finally we come to the Wii. There’s a saying, something along the lines of; ‘There’s lies, damned lies and then there’s statistics’. But if we’re to believe statistics, the Wii has been quite the sensation all over the world ever since it’s release. With some cleaver marketing and some absolutely ingenious games, the Wii is one heck of a console. It’s completely different from any thing in the market, not to mention that I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun playing multi-player sports games. Once you get past the graphics, the games themselves are a blast. And who doesn’t want to buy a console that can actually cause some sort of physical injury. (Yes there are more cases of people hitting themselves in the nether regions with the Wii controllers while trying to play golf than you would believe.) Also if you buy into the whole “The Nintendo Wii will make you fit and healthy” sales pitch, you’re a winner on all counts! (It also means you’re a gullible moron and should get out more often. But hey, I’m not judging.)

So there you have it, I’m still clueless as to what console to buy…

gfxcard-ramActually, I do have a suggestion. Since you’re reading this article, we’ll assume that you have a computer. Putting together a decent rig isn’t a big deal anymore. You can pretty much get yourself an ‘up to date’ PC that will not cost you very much and that will entertain you as much as, if not more than all the 3 consoles we’ve talked about. I’m running a E600 2.4GHZ C2D on a P5B Deluxe motherboard with 2GB dual channel (duh!) ram and a 256MB – Nvidia 7600GT (not too shabby, especially compared to the Riva TnT2 I had before this…) I figure, with just 2 upgrades (3 if I count Windows 7, whenever that happens) I should be able to run some of the best games out there and still have a ball.

With titles like StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Warhammer 40k: DOW 2, etc I’m pretty well taken care of. And the upgrade is a damn sight cheaper than actually buying a whole new console. Because buying a new console means buying a new HD TV to get the best picture quality and a home theater system to get the best sound quality and.. you see where this is going.

There you have it. Don’t buy a console, just upgrade your existing system and pick up some of the epic PC only game titles and enjoy!

So how many of you have any of these consoles and what are your opinions about buying one at the moment? Also which is your current favorite game and on which console?

Top 7 Stories of the Day

According to Me. So I’m back just a day later with 7 more stories for you to check out. Of course, their importance depends a lot on how aligned your priorities are with mine, however even if you’re from a different planet it’s fun to ‘throw caution to the wind’ sometimes..

According to Me.

So I’m back just a day later with 7 more stories for you to check out. Of course, their importance depends a lot on how aligned your priorities are with mine, however even if you’re from a different planet it’s fun to ‘throw caution to the wind’ sometimes..

1 – ONE!

The iPhone’s Latest Hit App : Sex Offender Locator – TechCrunch - 

I think this is hilarious. Now every iPhone user knows if you hang Pedo-bear posters in your room. Don’t think this app has much use outside of the US, but I’m sure it’s a blessing for all those moms who want to keep their little angels away from certain ice cream vans or clowns. (I hate clowns.. and no, I have no childhood traumatic experiences I’d like to share!)

2 – TWO!

AVG Update Breaks iTunes – Slashdot –

If you have iTunes and AVG and have been getting a warning error recently, this is the cause. 2 temporary solutions are :

  1. Add the itunes.resources folder into the exceptions list.
  2. Revert AVG’s definitions to previous version.

You can find more information on the Apple forums.

3 – THREE!

FaceBook lets advertisers use Pictures without Permission – Slashdot

Right, I bet you’ve already got mails warning you to change your privacy settings time and again, and Facebook manages to outsmart you each time. If you already haven’t, please go change your privacy settings as soon as possible.

4 – FOUR!

Ten outstanding Linux back-up Utilities – TechRepublic –

Here’s a list of 10 of the best back-up tools available to Linux users. For some added goodness and extra brownie points with you guys and through powers that are well beyond your comprehension, I’ve (not really…) managed to make sure that list includes some apps that function across different platforms. Enjoy!

5 – FIVE!

Windows 7 RTM leaked to Bittorrent last week – NYTimes –

So I’m sure the internet archeologists have already managed to get their hands on Windows 7. It’s already available for download. (illegally of course, and we strongly advice against all things evil!)
**Does not scamper off hurriedly to download something in secret**

6 – SIX!

Facebook relents, Lets you change Username – ReadWriteWeb –

I remember when I was picking my FB username, if it was one I’d want to stick with forever. Of course, forever is long time and we all tend to change our minds sooner or later. And if you’re one of those gnats who managed to type in something like ‘Twat’ because those were the first two letters of your first and last name, there’s good news for you. Be careful though, this seems to be a one time only offer.

7 – SEVEN!

Status Search : A Search Engine for what you’re friend’s are saying online – TechCrunch –

So imagine being able to search everything your friend’s and family said about a topic across various online social networks?
This is what Status Search does for you. I think it’s pretty nifty for those who’re big on Twitter / FB or any of these social networking apps. ( I haven’t tested it yet.. but give it a go and let us know what you think..)

In other news, I’ve managed to get an invitation to LifeIO, so you guys should have a LifeIO review of sorts coming up soon.

And since I’m such a nice guy, here are two Bonus links.

A Seal dies of SEX exhaustion – News24  –
Completely unrelated to Technology, but amusing in an extremely morbid but outrageously hilarious way.

The Green Hornet’s Car – Cinema Blend –
Pics of the Green Hornet’s new sweet sweet ride at the Comic Con.

So that’s the list for today. I may or may not be back with one tomorrow, but I’ll definitely have something else lined up regardless.

Do let us know what you think of this post and if there’s anything else you’d like to bring to the notice of our Techtites readers.

Top 7 Stories of the day –

Stuff we’d like to throw into the black-hole, Microsoft’s new retail store, how to hack the iPhone (well, not really…), it’s all in here!

According to ME!

So here are seven of the most interesting stories regarding Technology that I could find while scouring the reaches of the internet.

1 – ONE!

“10 Gadgets We’d Like to Throw in a Black Hole” – Wired –

So Wired put together a list of 10 gadgets that they’d like to throw into a black-hole because of how crummy or otherwise utterly annoying they are. I thought this was amusing in a ‘look it’s a Giraffe with sunglasses’ kind of way, so have fun.

2- TWO!

lifeIO  – A Social Media Dashboard that combines E-mail, RSS and just about everything else.. – TechCrunch –

Here’s a new toy for those crazed Twitter / FaceBook fanatics to play around with. With all the new applications and services that have sprung up there’s no lack of choice, but none that give you a nice mixed serving of the world’s best.
LifeIO still isn’t available, but I’m definitely going to give it a go once it’s up and running.

3 – THREE!

Leak: Inside the Microsoft Store – Gizmodo –

In case you don’t already know, Microsoft is planning on setting up a retail store, much like what Apple has. Since the internet is like one of those probes used on most unsuspecting males going for their first Prostrate check-up, we now have a series of images to help us form a mental picture of what the Microsoft store will look like. (Don’t worry, we’ll leave the prostate examination images a surprise for when you’re 50..) Enjoy!

4 – FOUR!

Microsoft to issue two emergency patches next week – The Register –

As it is with Microsoft, they’ve found another security loophole in IE and Visual Studio. The new found bug allows attackers to remotely execute malware and hopefully the coming Tuesday should be the day the patches are out. Read up and patch yourself, lest you die a horrible death!

5 – FIVE

Hacker says iPhone 3GS Encryption is ‘Useless’ for Businesses – Wired –

This is quite funny, an iPhone expert showed the whole world how easy it is to bypass it’s so called security. A simple software is all that’s required to get pass the iPhone’s much touted security. Worth a read, especially for all those iPhone users and potential buyers out there.

6 – SIX!

Microsoft relents to European Commission, will give users browser freedom in Windows 7 – Engadget –

Looks like the Microsoft thugs will finally allow people the freedom to choose which browser they want instead of forcing people to stick to IE. I’m sure for people like me it doesn’t matter, because the first thing I do on a new system is install Firefox and make that my default browser, but for a lot of people who have not had the opportunity to enjoy the FireFox (as you can see, fan-boy) experience, this should do the trick.

7 – SEVEN!

Steve Jobs happy with Apple’s Tablet, Fast tracks it for early 2010 –  TechCrunch –

Apple’s Tablet is basically an enlarged iPhone touch. I’m personally looking forward to it. I’m not a 100% sure, I’ll buy one, but that depends totally on how much it costs and how much spare cash I have lying around. Though if the reports / rumors are to be believed, it should be fairly priced. At least when you compare it to how much fun you’ll have playing around on it.

And since I’m such a nice guy – here’s a Bonus link. I’m not sure how Tech related it is, but it amused me quite a bit and is definitely worth a read and some share-love!

Top 10 geeky things you didn’t know about Romance Writers – Wired –

I’ll be back in a day or so with my new Top 7 list… till then, Enjoy!

Benchmarking your Rig Online

Have you ever wanted to know how fast your computer was? Whether or not it was any good compared to the other systems out there or if it was any good at all? There are a couple of ways to find out, the easiest being using a service that will benchmark your system telling you how good it is and where it stands in comparison with today’s technology.

Have you ever wanted to know how fast your computer was? Whether or not it was any good compared to the other systems out there or if it was any good at all?

There are a couple of ways to find out, the easiest being using a service that will benchmark your system telling you how good it is and where it stands in comparison with today’s technology. There are other ways to find out too, like if you can’t have Gtalk and MSN running at the same time and alt-tabbing between programs gives you enough time for a bathroom break, it’s probably time to upgrade.

There are quite a few different nifty little pieces of software out there that will test your system for you. One of the easiest ways, I’ve found, is to just do a online benchmarking test to give you an idea of whether you’re Fred Flintstone or George Jetson.

You can do a quick 60 second test here at Futuremark. Just click on run ‘VirtualMark’ and just follow the on-screen instructions.

This should give you a rough idea of how good your computer is. I was going to post a screen-shot of my test results, but lets just say that I’m not a big fan of being ridiculed.

There are a few more programs you can use that will give you even more detailed information about your system and it’s performance. Here are a couple:

  1. OpenSourceMark
  2. 3D Mark & PC Mark

If you’re really interested in some hardcore numbers, then I would suggest giving Prime95 a go.

So, how fast is your system and how does it compare to the other monsters out there?